as a music teacher, i deal with many different kids, at many different age levels - not to mention academic and emotional levels as well - and i constantly see things that scare me. for example, this morning when i was in class with my 2nd grade, a particular student was acting up a bit. he proceeds to tell his classroom teacher, and everyone else, that his mom did not give him his medication today. it's not really about the fact that he said this... but it's the whole subtext behind it... almost like if he's saying, "get ready... cause my mom didn't give me my meds today, so i'm gonna be out of control!".
growing up in the 80s and 90s, i don't recall so many children being on medication for behavior... as i told their classroom teacher, i can understand them needing medication to help them "focus" or "concentrate"... but to behave? i'm sorry, but when i was a kid, behavior problems were solved very easily: with a good kick in the pants!!!
nowadays, parenting revolves around talking to your kids about everything instead of using some good old fashioned "discipline"... my mother surely disciplined me, and i think i turned out rather well... so why is everyone, all of a sudden, trying to re-invent the "wheel"?
i know, i know, we do some of our best parenting before we have children, and blah blah blah... but still... what is so different now from 10-20 years ago?
let us pray for the future of our country, and of our world...